The British monarch and her husband Phillip were presented with hurlers by GAA president Christy Cooney who acknowledged the Bloody Sunday deaths as he greeted the monarch.
“You can play with that in the back garden at Buckingham Palace,” joked the GAA president as he showed Prince Phillip how to swing a hurley.
Security was again tight as protestors mounted demonstrations close to the GAA headquarters but never got within hearing distance of the Royal party.
She saw a video of the history of the games of hurling and gaelic football, met children bedecked in the county jerseys of all 32 counties and London and New York and met several footballers and hurlers.
An Irish dance troupe also entertained Elizabeth II before she viewed the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy Cups, presented annually to the winners of the All-Ireland titles in football and hurling respectively.
Like so many Croke Park finalists before her, Queen Elizabeth was driven up Jones Road and entered the famous stadium via the Hogan Stand early on Wednesday afternoon.